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Pippi Longstocking

In 2020, Pippi Longstocking turns 75! Or, to be completely accurate, the first book about Pippi turns 75 – Pippi herself will always be the free-spirited nine-year-old we know so well.

The first Pippi Longstocking story was published in the autumn of 1945. From a world devastated by war, Astrid Lindgren wrote about a completely new type of girl character. A strong, kind, curious, anti-authoritarian, and playful girl who makes extraordinary things happen.

With her mismatched stockings, carrot-coloured hair and freckly face, not to mention super-human strength and resilience, Pippi Longstocking has become a cultural icon.

Books | Pippi of Today Campaign | Host a Pippi Party | Activities

Pippi Longstocking books

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren and Lauren Child | Age 7+

Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in her village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories.

Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull’s tail and her wildly unconventional lifestyle is matched by Lauren’s free-spirited illustrations.

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Meet Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman | Age 5+

When Pippi Longstocking moves in next door to Tommy and Annika they are completely amazed by their new playmate. Pippi is cheeky, courageous and completely unpredictable. She lives alone with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever!

Everything is fun with Pippi around! In this story she performs at the circus, uses her super strength to stop two robbers, and throws an unusual birthday party.

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Pippi Longstocking and the Snirkle Hunt

Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman | Age 5+

Pippi Longstocking makes the everyday extraordinary, and spreads fun wherever she goes.

In this new, highly-illustrated edition of one of her classic adventures, she invents a new word – and then becomes determined to find out what the word means. Join her and her friends Tommy and Annika as they set out to find a snirkle!

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Coming May 2020

New editions of three classic Pippi stories, with updated translations and brand-new black and white illustrations by award-winning Mini Grey.

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren and Mini Grey | Age 7+

Pippi lives in a house with a horse, a monkey, a suitcase full of gold and no grown-ups to tell her what to do. She’s wild and funny and her crazy ideas have a way of making anything exciting!

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Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard

Astrid Lindgren and Mini Grey | Age 7+

Pippi, Tommy and Annika have the best time together-going to the circus, buying ALL the sweets in the sweet shop, and getting shipwrecked for the weekend. But when Pippi’s long-lost father comes to visit, will Pippi sail away to sea with him and leave her friends behind?

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Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas

Astrid Lindgren and Mini Grey | Age 7+

Pippi, Tommy and Annika are of on a great adventure – a trip to Koratuttutt Island where Pippi’s father is king. They explore secret caves, play marbles with pearls, and luckily the pirates and sharks they meet are no match for Pippi!

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Support the Pippi of Today campaign

Pippi of Today is an initiative from The Astrid Lindgren Company in partnership with Save the Children to support girls who are on the move. Astrid Lindgren first wrote about Pippi 75 years ago, when The Second World War was ending, and millions of girls were on the move.

Today, many more girls are forced to leave their homes, and not only move to new cities but also to new countries. They need to gather all their strength, courage and hope to tackle challenges and find their way to a brighter future. Support girls on the move – the Pippis of today!

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Host a Pippi party

Join us in celebrating the strongest girl in the world by hosting your own Pippi party! Download our free party pack with ideas for invites, decorations, food, games, dressing up, and more. Make a Pippi party that will go with a bang!

Don’t forget to share pictures of your party and preparations using the hashtag #Pippi75Party. And if you’re a bookshop that would like to host a Pippi party, please email pippi75@oup.com to request a free bookshop party pack with display materials, activities, and much more!

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Activities

Pippi Longstocking loves to have fun and go on adventures! Here are some (delicious) activities you can share with your child to have fun with Pippi.

Recipe: Pippi pancakes

Follow along with this recipe to create scrumptious pancakes just like Pippi’s!

Recipe: Make your own pepparkakor

Bake your own traditional Swedish biscuits for your Pippi Longstocking Party!

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